Saturday, October 25, 2008

What type of skin do you have?

Knowing your skin type is the first step in selecting skin care and makeup products. To assist you, Makeup and Beyond created a chart to use as a guide. You can visit them for more useful beauty tips at http://www.makeupandbeyond.com/

Normal Skin
Soft and hydrated with small to medium size pores.
Skin is plump, soft and smooth.
Clear with even texture.
Healthy appearance.

Combination Skin
Dry skin may exhibit all these traits or a select few.
Some areas of the face may be dry while others are oily.
The T-zone is often the oily area of the face.
May experience frequent blemishes, whiteheads and blackheads, especially in the T-zone.

Dry Skin
Dry skin may exhibit all these traits, or a select few.
Skin flakes (similar to dandruff)
Skin feels tight.
Itchy skin.
Noticeable fine lines.
Skin looks tired, not vibrant.
May have red or rough patches of skin.
Skin looks thin.
Small pores.
Prone to broken capillaries, especially in the cheek area.
Women past menopause are especially prone to dry and thinning skin.

Oily Skin
Oily skin may exhibit all these traits, or a combination.
Skin shines and feels oily.
May experience frequent blemishes, including whiteheads and blackheads.
Pores are often large.
Forehead, chin and nose are mostly affected.
Many teenagers experience oily skin around puberty. This is the time to sit with them and teach them about proper skin care.
Oily skin is not uncommon in adults.

Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin may exhibit all these traits or only one.
Skin irritates easily.
Fragrance, toners, PABA, Salicylates, Ascorbates (vitamin C), and products with alcohol may further irritate the skin.
Skin may easily sunburn.
May suffer from acne, rosacea or a number of skin conditions.
Skin may be clear but blotchy, can swell, develop hives, and flake.

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